A 60-year-old female was seriously injured in Friday night when she was struck by a car while in the crosswalk at Virgina St. and 2nd Ave. in downtown Seattle. The pedestrian accident occurred at 11:30pm.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the woman initially stopped but then left the accident scene reports King5 News.
The Seattle Police Department asks that any witnesses to the accident call them at 911.
Washington state law requires that drivers stay at the scene of an auto accident. Failure to do so can result in a class B or class C felony.
Drivers must exchange information with the other party involved in an accident and stay with injured persons until medical aid has arrived.
Leaving the scene of an accident can result in fines, loss of driver’s license and even a jail sentence.
Victims of Hit and Run Accidents
An injured person may sue a driver for the damages they suffered. Damages can include economic damages which includes medical costs and loss of wages. They can also cover non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
In a hit and run accident, judges often treat the hit and run driver very severely because it is a particularly egregious and immoral act to leave an injured person after an accident. In some cases, judges can increase the award amounts to the victims.
Damages in a Hit and Run Accidents
Damages, or the amount of compensation a person may be awarded for their injury, are based on how much medical treatment the person required. If a person suffered catastrophic and life threatening injuries, they can often claim the auto insurance policy limits.
A qualified personal injury attorney can assist victims with their case and will help the victim determine whether alternative sources of recovery exist beyond insurance coverage.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents and the family of those killed.